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Emily Watson

Emily Watson

Senior Producer at Quartz
  • While working on this episode, I learned a lot of different ways people deal with uncertainty. One of the most interesting anecdotes that we weren’t able to fit into this video came from former national security adviser and lieutenant general H.R. McMaster. He talks in Allison Schrager’s book about the

    While working on this episode, I learned a lot of different ways people deal with uncertainty. One of the most interesting anecdotes that we weren’t able to fit into this video came from former national security adviser and lieutenant general H.R. McMaster. He talks in Allison Schrager’s book about the ways he built flexibility into US Army strategy in order to plan ahead for the uncertainty his troops faced in battle. I highly recommend reading this chapter of a “An Economist Walks Into A Brothel” if this episode of RISK sparked your curiosity.

  • When we approached the production and scripting of this episode, we knew it was going to be important to show people how risk management could apply outside of the typical arenas we’d see it in, like finance. Filming with people like Rachel Wax and Annie Duke made these concepts feel so much more tangible

    When we approached the production and scripting of this episode, we knew it was going to be important to show people how risk management could apply outside of the typical arenas we’d see it in, like finance. Filming with people like Rachel Wax and Annie Duke made these concepts feel so much more tangible. Insurance and hedging are tools that we can all use more often in decision making. Do you have to become an expert? No. Can you learn to take smarter risks with everything from surfing to pitching a big presentation at work? Of course.

  • While working on this video, I really started to think about how I take on risk every day. What started as something I only thought about in terms of personal finance quickly turned into ways I could apply this thinking to other parts of my life. Becoming more risk literate has made it much easier to

    While working on this video, I really started to think about how I take on risk every day. What started as something I only thought about in terms of personal finance quickly turned into ways I could apply this thinking to other parts of my life. Becoming more risk literate has made it much easier to make all kinds of decisions, from the banal (should I bike to work if there’s a 30% chance of rain?) to the emotional (how can I approach a difficult conversation with my family?) I’m especially curious to hear how our viewers will apply the lessons of risk literacy outside of economics.